March 20: Wheelock Graves Veazey (1898)

After his education at Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College, New Hampshire native Wheelock G. Veazey proceeded to study law. His legal career was quickly interrupted with the outbreak of the Civil War. Veazey enrolled as a private and rose in the ranks to become commander of a Vermont Infantry regiment. He led this unit at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Twenty-eight years later, he received the Medal of Honor for his actions during that engagement. Veazey’s first daughter was born about the time of the battle. She was named Anne Gettysburg Veazey. Following his military service, Veazey was elected to the Vermont State Senate. The Vermont legislature later elected him as a judge of the Vermont Supreme Court.

Veazey’s appointment by President Benjamin Harrison as a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1889 brought him to Washington, D.C. Within a year, Veazey’s daughter, Anne, was married at Epiphany. Following his death in 1898, Veazey’s funeral took place at Epiphany with his interment afterwards at Arlington National Cemetery.

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